The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1881.
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Postal. —Mails for the United Kingdom and Australian colonies, per Albion, close at the Bluff on Friday next, at noon. Intercolonial Exhibition in Christchurch. —At a meeting of the Christchurch Industrial Association it was resolved, on the motion of Mr J. P. Jameson—“ That it is desirable to hold an Intercolonial Exhibition in Christchurch about the close of the year 1882.” Revised New Testament. —As will be seen from announcements elsewhere, copies of the revised edition of the New Testament can be obtained from Mr H. M. Jones and Mr L. F, Andrewes. We have to acknowledge receipt of specimen sheets from Mr R. Beavin, bookseller. The San Francisco Mail.—By telegram we learn that the s.s. Taiaroa, with the San Francisco mail, left Wellington for Lyttelton at 10.30 this morning. She will, consequently arrive at the latter port early to-morrow morning, and the mail will reach its destination by the express train. The Rangitata Traffic Bridge. —We learn from the Timaru Herald that a public meeting is called for Monday, Ist August, at 7 p.m., to be held in the Road Board Office, Geraldine, to consider the matter of the extension of this bridge and other subjects of local importance. The meeting is convened by Mr Postlethwaite, the Chairman of the Geraldine Road Board. Increased Parliamentary Representation. —We desire to call the attention of our readers to the public meeting which is to be held this evening in the Town Hall to consider what steps should be taken to receive additional Parliamentary representation for the Coleridge district. It is very desirable, for the most obvious reasons, that as many persons as possible should attend. As the hour for commencing the business of the meeting has not been named in the advertisement, we may mention that it will he eight o’clock. The Political Crisis. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphed yesterday as follows It is currently rumored to-night that Mr Finn will vote with the Government, and that Mr Driver will not return from Dunedin in time for the division. If this be so, it will increase the Ministerial majority to five or six. Some of the Opposition still profess to be jubilant, and talk about their victory being certain, but the majority admit frankly that they are beaten, but console themselves with the idea that in any case they have prevented the Government measures being carried, as .they consider that they will almost certainly be withdrawn, even if the Government win. Extension of the Ashburton Forks Railway. —A meeting held at the State school, Alford Forest, on July 24th, to take into consideration the further extending of the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway. The meeting was very well attended, and the interest taken in the matter seemed to be very keen. Mr Peach was voted to the chair. The Chairman read the advertisement calling the meeting, and stated that certain resolutions should be passed to lay before the meeting to be held at Methven, on Monday, the Ist of August, concerning the same, and he called on those present to propose some resolutions. After a good ..deal of talk, it was proposed by Mr Philip Tisch —“That this meeting appoint from amongst them a committee to attend at the Methven meeting and express their views on the matter regarding the taxes for the same, and also it would be necessary fer this committee to wait on the Board of Directors at Christchurch and ascertain their views on the matter.” On the proposition being seconded by Mr MeFarlane, Mr Taylor .proposed as an amendment—“ That the district be canvassed to see what shares could be taken up so as to assist the Company and further the interests of the district generally.” Much discussion followed regarding their being taxed at all for the line, which the meeting seemed to be altogether against, unless the railway was further extended. Mr Taylor then withdrew, and the proposition was put and carried. Mr Oorsbie explained to the meeting his views on the further extension of the railway, and the taxation for the purpose, said he thought that it should be met in a good spirit, and he, as representing a large firm, .would do his best for its advancement. Mr Puddicombe thought that any committee or deputation appointed could do no harm by waiting on any of the bodies in authority, if they were empowered by this meeting’s resolutions to do so. Mr MeFarlane thought that all would be taxed for the railway whether it benefited them or not, and this ho strongly was opposed to unless they all bonefitted by it in some respects. Several other gentlemen also spoke on the subject, when the Chairman at length said he thought they should propose their committee, and the following gentlemen were then proposed and seconded, and appointed :—Messrs Philip Tisch, Peach, Corsbie, Syams, MeFarlane, Hood, Puddicombe, and G. T. Ford. The usual vote of thanks to the Chairman was passed and the meeting dispersed.